Facing jail: Florin Ioan Silaghi, 30, Vasile Daniel Pop, 30, Ovidiu Metac, 27 and Adriana Alexandra Turc, 25, (top left to bottom right) ran a gang who targeted more than 60,000 bank customers in a £16million fraud
Judge slams Romanian crime gang’s £16m fraud as ‘scourge of the technological age’ as he jails them for up to five years each after they targeted 60,000 customers by stealing pin numbers from ATMs
A gang of Romanian fraudsters have been jailed for between 21 and 64 months for stealing an estimated £16 million-worth of bank card details from more than 60,000 people in the UK and abroad.
Three men and a woman appeared at the Old Bailey for sentencing after pleading guilty to a string of fraud offences after police uncovered what they described as a ‘fraudster’s utopia’ in Harrow, Middlesex.
Prosecutor Catherine Pattison said the defendants – who were living at addresses in the area – were responsible for ‘a large-scale, highly sophisticated, well executed ATM and counterfeit fraud’.